The American instructor, or, Young man's best companion : containing, spelling, reading, writing and arithmetic, in an easier way than any yet published ; and how to qualify any person for business, without the help of a master ; instructions to write variety of hands ... ; how to write letters on business or friendship ; forms of indentures ... releases, &c. ; also merchant's accompts, and a short and easy method of shop and book-keeping ; with a description of the several American colonies ; together with the carpenter's plain and exact rule ... ; likewise the practical gauger made easy ... ; to which is added, The poor planter's physician ... and also prudent advice to young tradesmen and dealers ; the whole better adpated to these American colonies, than any other book of the like kind
First published in England in 1731
Publisher New-York : Printed and sold by H. Gaine, at the Bible and Crown, in Hanover-Square
Digitizing sponsor Open Knowledge Commons, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Book contributor U.S. National Library of Medicine
Collection medicalheritagelibrary; medicineintheamericas; usnationallibraryofmedicine; americana
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Erroneously attributed to Ann Fisher Slack in Halkett & Laing
"Every man his own doctor; or, The poor planter's physician" [by John Tennent]: pp. 344-378. Cf. entries for separately issued editions by Tennent in Austin, R. Early American medical imprints, 1961
Signatures: A-Q¹² R⁶
Shipton & Mooney
Rink, E. Technical Americana
Blake, J. NLM 18th cent.
NLM copy provenance: copious MS. markings of ownership on the endpapers, including inscriptions and ownership poems of Jacob Shew, Samuel Billington, Lodowick Putman Stephens [Stevens], and Arnasa Steevens [Stevens]; also recorded in contemporary MS. is a brief, late c18 Stevens family history, including the birth of a daughter (Chlora) in 1780 and the murder of Arnasa Stevens "by the Savages May 21: 1780"
NLM copy re-bound in quarter brown goatskin by Horton Bindery, 1975
Robert B. Livingston
March 25, 2014
Instruction for the autodidact on the eve of Revolution
This is a most fascinating book which provides a general and practical education in letters, mathematics, self-medication, and more.
There are many quaint passages with aphorisms and sentiments for the ambitious planter or entrepreneur.
Much is still practical, also giving insight into history and a general world view of one living c. 1770.
There are samples of business and legal correspondence to use as models-- again, fascinating.